Kole Hall and his Radcliffe FC teammates cruised to a 5-1 victory over Maine Road FC in the club's first pre-season outing.
Andy Owens netted a hat-trick adding to Daz McKnight and Hall’s first-half strikes.
The first goal of the afternoon came with eight minutes on the clock. Daz McKnight found Leon Donnelly in an advanced position who squared to Hall who tapped home with ease.
Lee Fowler’s side continued to cause problems with McKnight and Jack Shiels having notable chances.
Hall had a chance to double the Radcliffe lead after a darting forward run from Raheem Hanley but his poked effort went just wide of the post.
Hanley continued to cause problems in the final third as the game went on.
Radcliffe did extend their lead with five minutes left of the half. McKnight fired a powerful shot from outside the area which found it’s way into the back of the net.
Towards the end of the first period, Maine Road piled the pressure on Radcliffe. The home side grabbed one back on the stroke of half time in a bizarre turn of events. The ball hit the post and appeared to go out of play but it ended up falling to a Maine Road forward who tapped home.
Fowler made changes at the break with Andy Owens, Luca Nivarro, Luis Morrison, and Rhain Hellawell and Jo Cummings all entering the field.
Cummings caused problems in the box early on as he headed just over from a Hellawell long throw.
On 55 minutes Owens opened his Radcliffe account. He fired a shot from the edge of the box which looked to be comfortably saved by the goalkeeper but the ball found it’s way into the back of the net after an awful mistake. Definitely a day to forget for the goalkeeper.
A minute later Owens very nearly had a second. He headed back across goal but he could only find the crossbar.
Matty Crothers then chanced his arm from range but he too could only find the crossbar.
With 60 minutes on the clock, Radcliffe added a fourth. Hellawell found Owens with a brilliant lofted cross and he slotted home at the second time of asking.
Radcliffe continued to pile the pressure on Maine Road in the second half. Nivarro fire a shot from range which stung the hands of the goalkeeper.
Joey Oldham entered the field for the final 20 minutes. Some great experience for the academy graduate.
On 78 minutes Curtis Obeng played a brilliant ball to Owens once again who passed the ball home to complete his hat-trick.
Radcliffe went in search of a sixth in the closing stages. Cummings had another effort cleared off the line.
A good day at the office for Lee Fowler’s side who started pre-season off with a bang.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Parfitt-Williams & Fylkir Hoping Government Lift Ban
Djair Parfitt-Williams and his Fylkir teammates season along with the rest of the Iceland First Tier Division, unfortunately, has been put on hold by the Government.
Following their last match which was an Icelandic Men’s Football Cup match that saw them fall in a penalty shootout, the Government shut Sports down over fears of a second wave of the Corona Virus.
Fylkir Reykjavík is hoping to be playing their next match on August 15th, 2020 against ÍA Akranes in Urvalsdeild, if the Government ban has been lifted.
Sunday, August 09, 2020
Lewis Scores in Charleston Battery Draw
Zeiko Lewis in Action
Zeiko Lewis and his Charleston Battery teammates came out of their three-game road stretch with a draw against NC rival Charlotte Independence. While the Battery maintained a high level of control up and down the pitch through 90 minutes, several opportunities that failed to convert meant the Charleston side would have to settle for the draw.
Lewis came on strong for the attack for his night back in the starting lineup. The Bermudian forward had five shots for the evening and kept pressure on the Charlotte back line all night.
"I Just tried to create as many problems for the other team as I possibly could," the forward mentioned. That pressure paid off when Lewis had a great shot just off the right post in the 42nd minute that was deflected by Charlotte defender Aaron Maund into the net for the equalizer of the night.
The match also saw fan favorite Dante Marini make his first start since March, always a welcome energy on the pitch and Dante was sure to cause havoc up the middle against Independence.
The first half saw the Battery turn the page on the last two away matches and came out strong right off the opening whistle. Controlling the game on both sides through the first half, the Battery created numerous opportunities on the attack, including two corner kicks, but could not readily convert. While the back line was solid through most the night, Charlotte forward (and former Battery stalwart) Dane Kelly found a way to sneak by two Battery defenders on the dribble and drill one from the left on the ground into the net past Phil Breno. "He's the type of guy that can score something out of nothing," Battery head coach Mike Anhaeuser noted.
After Lewis’ equalizer just five minutes later, the boys took the half to regroup and came back maintaining solid control of the game. The Battery kept the pressure on in the box with a spread of shots from AJ Peterson, Romario Piggot, Angelo Kelly and 2 more from Lewis. As both sides looked to seal 3 points, Coach turned to a flurry of subs including Jay Bolt, Rennico Clarke, Deshawon Nembhard, Stavros Zarokostas and Mauro Cichero. While hoping for some last minute sparks as in Atlanta, the Battery went on the defensive after Clarke got flagged for a questionable red card in the closing minutes. With both teams vying for those 3 points, it quickly became a defensive bout with flashes of offensive attacking brilliance. "It was really solid defending," Coach added. "They had two good chances and Phil made one great save on the far post that definitely kept the point for us."
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Clemons Misses Dalkurd Draw in Sweden
Willie Clemons was not in the Dalkurd FF that came from behind twice to draw 2 – 2 in the Swedish Superettan Premier Division.
Clemons’ teammates drew with Norrby at home to move up to 9th place in the standings.
Norrby took the lead in the 7th minute when Abdelrahman Saidi scored, but Dalkurd was level at 1 – 1 when Karfala Cissoko scored from the penalty spot in the 11th minute.
Karim Mammar Chaouche put Norrby back in front when he scored in the 22nd minute and they would take the lead to the break.
The Dalkurd equalizer came in the 71st minute when John Stenberg scored, as the two teams shared the points.
Friday, August 07, 2020
Bermuda Football Association Legends Awards
The Bermuda Football Association held the Legends Scholarship Awards Presentation at the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence.
Five BFA Legends and five student football players received scholarships during the presentation.
The Awards Presentations commenced with welcome remarks from BFA President Mark Wade followed by Opening Remarks from Senator Anthony Richardson, Junior Minister of Education with Scholarship Committee Chair Robert Horton giving an overview of the Committee’s selection tasks.
Aside from a 2-year spell at Southampton Rangers, BFA Legend Arnold West played most of his senior career at Devonshire Recreation Club. He often coached the youth while playing as a senior. West made several appearances for the Bermuda National team most notably playing in the Olympic Qualifiers, Pan Am Games, and is another one of the Legends to win a bronze medal at the CAC Games in Colombia. The recipient of the Arnold West Scholarship was Julian Roser who plays for the Dandy Town Hornets. He will be attending the Bermuda College, graduating in 2022.
BFA Legend Chevonne Furbert is one of the best women footballers ever produced in Bermuda. Furbert made multiple appearances for the Women’s National Football Team, during her career as a player she has won a total of 37 trophies. Ka’Ri Richards was the recipient of the Chevonne Furbert Scholarship. Richards is a member of the Bermuda Referees Association. She will be studying a Business Administration at the St. Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
BFA Legend, the late Lance Brown played most of his senior football as a no-nonsense fullback and midfielder for the Somerset Trojans back when they were called ‘Silver City’. He was known for being quick with his left foot and loving a bicycle kick, and for his winning goal against Dandy Town to win the Friendship Trophy in 1990. He is also known as the ‘$2,500.00 man’ when he was the first $2,500.00 transfer in 1985 to Somerset Eagles. The Lance Brown Scholarship recipient was Zaire Smith. Smith plays for Somerset Trojans and will be attending Hoosac High School on a college prep course.
Devonshire Colts stalwart and BFA Legend Ellsworth Lambert was part of the first team ever to win the Martonmere Cup. At Devonshire Colts, Lambert also won the League, the FA cup twice and the Friendship Trophy. He had several appearances for the Bermuda National Team including winning the Bronze Medal in Medellin Columbia in 1978 after scoring the winning goal against the USA in 1979 at the Pan American Games. The recipient for the Ellsworth Lambert Scholarship was Christen Lugo-Elibox who plays for the St. David’s and will be attending The Calverton School on an International Baccalaureate course.
BFA Legend Danvers Seymour Sr. played his football career at PHC Zebras from 1968 through to 1978. During his playing career he won the FA Cup, Friendship Trophy and the League. Seymour Sr. was a member of the Bermuda National Team that represented Bermuda during the Pan American Games, Olympic Qualifiers, and is another 2020 Legend to win the Bronze Medal at the CAC Games. The Danvers Seymour Sr. Scholarship recipient was Jai Bean. Bean plays for the PHC Zebras and is considering his University offers at this time.
The Awards presentation concluded with inspirational remarks from Lovitta Foggo Minister of Community Affairs and Sports who encouraged the Awards recipients to do their level best and provide hope for other young football players to following in their footsteps one day as well as thanking everyone who plays a role in the awardees lives to continue supporting them during their future endeavors.